First post, by Jo22
Did you ever consider building a little retro/vintage PC, but without inatalling a floppy drive?
You may want to reconsider that.
Some operating system expect an A: drive to be present, otherwise they hang at boot.
So far, I merely knew of PC-MOS and a few niche OSes that behave like that.
But just recently, I saw the same reaction from OS/2 v1.3.
At first, I thought it was related to a wrong drive geometry, since I did the installation on a differenct machine.
But after installing a floppy drive and setting up an entry in CMOS Setup, it booted just fine.
Of course, you can try to simply leave an entry in CMOS Setup without installing a physical drive..
But how silly is that, considering how plenty floppy drives are available still?
Alternatively, a Gotek or similar floppy emulator could be installed, also.
Both are handy to have in case an A: drive is required sometimes (OS/2 1.x DDINSTAL uses A: exclusively to install new drivers,
some game/application installers check A:, Windows defaults to checking A: etc).
May the floppy be with you! 🙂
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